Best of Boston By Edward Quirk, CRC

I spent Patriots Day in Copley Square this year watching the 121st running of the Boston Marathon. It’s a special event that in my opinion helps make Boston so great. My daughter Casey ran the race to benefit Massachusetts Fallen Heroes, an organization that memorializes the Mass men and women that have given their lives for our nation serving in the Global War on Terrorism since 2001. They also provide advocacy services for Veterans and families of the fallen. It was her first marathon and I am proud to say she finished the race in good time and raised a significant amount of money benefitting a great cause.

The elite runners cruised from Hopkinton to Boston in about two hours! The men’s champion was Kenya’s Geoffrey Kirui, who finished in 2:09:37 with American Galen arriving 21 seconds later. The women’s champion, Edna Kiplagat of Kenya  completed a 5:02 mile in the midst of the Newton Hills, a notable pace in one of the hardest parts of the 26.2 mile course. She finished in 2:21:52, the 4th fastest winning time in the history of the race.  

The crowd was positive and the cheers seemed to grow louder as the afternoon progressed. The runners were a mix of all colors, ages and sizes, including a guy in a business suit, Elvis in black genie pants, and RN’s in hospital t-shirts raising money for their patients. The majority of runners were not professional athletes with big paydays, but rather they were regular people achieving a personal dream. It was an inspiring day.

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